Man’s been blessed, and cursed, with the desire to know. So many questions, but so few answers. Yet, through it all, man seems to think that he knows all the answers…. How curious.

Some would say that God definitely exists and they would recall stories from ancient times about what he did and even quote what he supposedly said. Others, just as confidently, would say that a creator does not exist and that they know beyond a shadow of a doubt the secrets of the universe (the origins of life)…. How arrogant.

Fortunately, man has the capabilities of imagination and intuition. Through these abilities he can glimpse beyond space and time into the unknown. As Jung put it, “The psyche is not restricted to space and time alone.” However, what man would find there is beyond man’s brain to comprehend (i.e. the finite cannot understand the Infinite)…. Just ask Einstein.

In the world beyond, everything is upside down (so to speak). Our laws of physics do not apply there. Nevertheless, mystics and prophets have attempted to describe it. The prophet Isaiah was said to have actually seen God sitting on a throne, with his long robe filling the temple (Isaiah 6:1). Both Ezekiel and the author of the Book of Revelation also had visions in which they experienced strange, indescribable sights….So who can properly interpret what they saw?

Aside: Not even they knew of what they saw.  They simply described, in earthly terms, things that could not be described purely in earthly terms.

The sad truth is that man’s memory banks have been wiped clean and his DNA has been manipulated to restrict his evolution. He can ask all the questions he wants but he can not ever know the unknowable. All that man can really do is experience – his life that is. Although man experiences his life as being real, there is really no way to know for sure. Perhaps, we are all just characters in someone else’s movie….At least that’s what I saw.

 

 

You may put a telescope into the hands of a man who is blind, and bid him to look at some distant star, or on some lovely landscape. He tells you he sees nothing. Well, his witness is true. So the Agnostic affirms of all supernatural religion, that he knows it not. His witness also is true. But if the blind man goes further, and asserts, that because he sees nothing there is nothing to see, his assertion is untrue and his witness is worthless because he speaks beyond the range of his capacity. Such is the true value of the natural man’s opinion when he declares his mind on spiritual things.”Evan H. Hopkins

 

Escaping The Matrix

06/08/2017

I came across a great video featuring a black, street magician.  He has a terrific message of how to stay focused in this crazy, insane world. Here’s the link:

thefreedomline.com

Time is speeding up…at least everyone says so. More to the point, we are speeding up as we accelerate through time. Time is simply a construct, as Einstein so aptly put it.

Everything is energy, as I’ve mentioned before. Earth has an electromagnetic field, with lightning, earthquakes and volcanoes all being part of that field. The frequency at which this field vibrates, historically 7.83Hz, is called the Schumann Resonance. This, then, is the heartbeat of the planet.

The planet Earth is about to transit from Pisces to Aquarius, which marks the end of a long evolutionary cycle. This cycle is talked about extensively in the ancient Mayan and Hindu texts. In many religions, this transit is referred to as the End Times. The human species is here to awaken and this is being accomplished through changes in the Schumann Resonance.

Interestingly enough, the Schumann Resonance has recently spiked to over 30Hz. The world seems to be literally spinning out of control. People are becoming irrational, with some of their actions bordering on the insane.  Hang on. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

 

 

“The Matrix is a computer-generated dream world, built to keep us under control in order to change a human being into this.” (a copper-top D cell battery) – from the movie The Matrix

 

From those of you who are religious, I get the same questions over and over again. For example, “Why doesn’t God answer my prayers?” It reminds me of a football game where the two teams huddle up before the game and pray to God for victory; both of them praying about the very same thing but wanting a completely opposite result. Sort of makes one sympathetic about God’s predicament, ala Jim Carrey, in the movie Bruce Almighty.

However, my favorite question is “Where is God?” It’s a fair question since arguably God has not talked to anyone since Moses. The answer to that question is really quite simple and perhaps completely unexpected for most: God is not here because he can’t be here!

To understand this requires a little bit of a scientific explanation. That is, everything in the universe is energy; everything, even God. You should think of God as the creative force which is the source of all energy. Now, vibration is a fundamental characteristic of energy. The lowest level of vibration is matter and the highest level of vibration is God. So, if God were to manifest in front of you, you would cease to exist because you could not maintain your own level of vibration. It would be sort of like the old Memorex ads where sound shatters a glass.

Of course, this explanation may lead some of you to ask how God appeared to Adam, Abraham and Moses (according to the Bible). Again, the answer is completely unexpected for most. My apologies to those who accept religion as the Word of God, but God has never appeared to man. Never. The Bible stories are just that – stories, although perhaps based on real events. It’s sort of like those movies you see that say they are inspired by real events. If you want some related information on this, try reading the Book of Enoch.

So, what are we doing here then? Let’s try and break it down.

The universe is holographic. What exactly does that mean? At the risk of oversimplifying, it means that the universe is an illusion. It exists, it’s real, but it’s far from what you think it is. Space and time are also illusions, or as Einstein so aptly put it, “a construct.” Further, space and time are dependent on the observer(you). The brilliant physicist John Wheeler explained it thusly: “The universe does not exist ‘out there,’ independent of us. We are inescapably involved in bringing about that which appears to be happening. We are not only observers. We are participators.”

Participators in what you might ask? Well, in creating reality for starters, just as John Wheeler stated. That is, we are “inescapably involved in what appears to be happening.” A key word here is “appears” because, as Michael Talbot explained in his book The Holographic Universe, our reality is constructed mathematically by our brains from frequencies that have been projected into our universe from a realm that is beyond both space and time.  Constructed mathematically you understand.

Beyond that, man is so much more than what we have ever been told. For starters, our DNA can communicate beyond space and time! In that regard, Russian molecular biologist Pjotr Gariaiev was one of the pioneers in DNA-related research. His discovery, which was based on his work as part of The Human Genome Project, is that DNA is a network of human consciousness, a process by which it functions similarly to a biological internet. The upshot is that DNA is part of an energy field which extends outside of space and time.

However, there’s a twist to the story – the universe is, in reality, a real-life simulation! It’s what I refer to as “the video game effect.” The system is artificial and is operated by very advanced technology, something akin to a supercomputer with a holographic computer code. It was physicist Dr. James Gates who first noticed that certain scientific theories which describe the fundamental nature of the universe contain embedded computer codes (simply ones and zeros, just like in your own computer’s software).

This system is operated by non-humans who exist outside of space and time. In ancient times, the Gnostics called them archons and early Arabian mythology referred to them as jinns. They literally hijacked this realm. The Lord’s Prayer was written as a plea to deliver man from evil (the archons).

Humans, themselves, came from outside the system. You could refer to it as a spiritual realm. In essence, we have stepped down from a spiritual form to a physical form, biblically the Fall of Man, and our memory banks have been wiped clean. Our world then is, in effect, a spiritual prison. As in the movie Tron, the trick is to get out of the game.

Complicating matters is that for many their choices have actually been predetermined through a form of mind control. This mind control system programs our subconscious minds, preempting our free will. This is the explanation for the discovery by scientists that our decisions are made before we are consciously aware of them.

Today, that mind-control system, with its subliminal messaging, is everywhere – from advertisements, to movies, to music to education, to the six-o’clock news. Only when you do not identify with the material world can you achieve liberation from the mind-control system. Fear and ignorance are your enemies. Therefore, you need to identify with your spiritual self as opposed to your physical self. Remember, everything is energy, including yourself. If you gain in awareness, you can increase your vibration rate which in turn can lead to escaping the matrix.

However, man is generally not aware of his origins or his true powers. As a result, he has not yet evolved to the point of being able to escape the matrix.  How come, you might ask. Well, it happens to benefit certain people to keep the masses ignorant. It’s a dirty little secret that you’re not suppose to know…but, of course, now you know.

 

Epilogue

If man is to survive, he will need to wake up. He’s been sleepwalking in the dream world. As Morpheus told Neo (in the movie The Matrix), “But I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The truth is a funny thing. Everybody has a different take on it and everybody is convinced that they are right. So, here’s one version of the truth.

The truth is… that we are not physical beings, per se. All life forms in the universe are composed of energy which are vibrating at such a low level that they condense, so to speak, into matter.

The truth is… that our universe is mathematical in nature. For example, cosmologist Max Tegmark has stated that our external physical reality is a mathematical structure. Further, physicist James Gates says that his research shows that certain theories which describe the fundamental nature of the universe contain embedded computer codes (that’s ones and zeros, and nothing else).

The truth is… that your reality is simply what you perceive it to be. Perception is everything, as the mind can’t tell the difference between what is “real” and what is vividly imagined. In that regard, philosopher Immanuel Kant reasoned that time and space are not inherent qualities of the physical world but rather a reflection of the way the mind operates; that is, the entire universe exists within the mind, not the other way around.

The truth is… the world is holographic and we exist in a virtual reality matrix. Our perception of reality is what Einstein has referred to as an “optical illusion of consciousness.” This issue was brilliantly explained in the movie The Matrix where Morpheus tells Neo, “If real is what you can feel, smell, taste and see, then real is simply electrical signals interpreted by the brain.”

The truth is… that our universe is, in actuality, a simulation. By that, I mean that we exist in a reality that has been artificially constructed, as evidenced by James Gates’ computer codes.  Even our DNA is like a computer program, as Bill Gates has attested to.  Further, the new scientific field of DNA Wave Genetics postulates that our DNA is a bio-computer.  Of course, it was none other than Albert Einstein who said that space/time was a construct.

The truth is… that there is an intelligence in the universe (and/or beyond it) that is responsible for the existence of our reality.  Great minds like Plato, Einstein, Planck, Michio Kaku, Arno Penzias and Francis Crick, among many others, have said as much. Even ardent evolutionists like George Wald and Antony Flew have admitted that intelligence is the most likely cause of life in the universe.

The truth is… that there really is no such thing as the truth. All things are allowed and there is an infinite number of possibilities for us to choose from. When you grapple with a major decision in your life, your choice has already been made. All other possible choices have also already been made (and chosen in some alternative universe).  You are simply attracting into your life, and into this universe, that specific decision that harmonizes with your own dominant thoughts.

So if there actually is such a thing as an answer to your questions, the answer… is you. As physicist John Wheeler put it, “The universe does not exist ‘out there,’ independent of us. We are inescapably involved in bringing about that which appears to be happening. We are not only observers. We are participators.” If that doesn’t work for you, simply take the blue pill and go back to sleep.

 

Epilogue

You may recall that I have previously discussed what I refer to as “the video game effect.” That is, we are all participants in a virtual reality matrix where all the characters are holographic (remember Tron). That doesn’t make us any less real, but it certainly does change our view of the world.

And that’s the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me….

 

 

“Life is the most mysterious of all the wonders of creation because atoms have been assembled in such a way so that they can ponder their own existence.”

       – Martin Rees, astrophysicist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.”  – Albert Einstein

 

Everything in the world is faith-based. Everything. Even if you think you know, you really don’t. It’s what Einstein referred to as the optical illusion of consciousness.

I know a lot of you are in search of answers, in search of the truth. For example, many are in search of God. Some of you believe in the Christian god, Allah or Buddha. Some of you, not finding evidence of a god, become atheists. What you all have in common with one another is that you all believe that your belief system, above all other belief systems, is true. You all believe that you, and you alone, possess the truth.

When it comes to understanding creation, everything is a belief system. The “truth” is simply what you tell yourself is the truth or what you’ve been brainwashed to believe (e.g. religion and atheism). There is no evidence. So, stop demanding that people show you the evidence to prove their belief system. Even if you were to be shown the evidence, you still wouldn’t believe. For as Stuart Chase said, “For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don’t believe, no proof is possible.”

Therefore, the next time you feel compelled to ask someone to show you the evidence….don’t. Why should they show you the proof, if you’re just going to reject it anyway? After all, people don’t want to know the truth, they just want to believe that they are right so they can continue to live in their own little bubble.

 

“Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.”   – Voltaire

 

 

 

 

“A belief is not merely an idea the mind possesses. It is an idea that possesses the mind.”

– Robert Oxton Bolt

 

Everyone has beliefs. Those beliefs are based on a person’s perception of reality which is, for the most part, limited to what their physical senses tell them the world is like. These physical senses give rise to logic, a reasoning process which is an intellectual exercise in taking the available information and then trying to determine the truth of the matter (e.g. what is reality?).

However, the best that we can do is come to some approximate understanding of what the physical world is like. That’s the best. Of course, we know that humans’ senses of hearing and seeing are very inadequate so our view of reality is also likely to be lacking.

Interestingly enough, quantum physics tells us that there is a reality beyond the observable universe. Our universe is not all that there is to creation!! Beyond our universe is a non-physical world where consciousness is all that is. As Max Planck, the father of modern physics, stated, “I regard consciousness as fundamental. We cannot get behind consciousness.”  Yet from a scientific standpoint, scientists cannot prove (scientifically) what lies beyond our universe – because it is not observable. That’s the dilemma that John Horgan discussed in his book The End of Science.

So, where does this leave us?  All that we have to try to understand life is our physical senses. Yet, our physical senses cannot grasp the physical universe let alone the quantum world that our reality arises from. Michael Talbot, in The Holographic Universe, explained just how our reality is shaped by unseen forces from beyond, as follows: “Our brains mathematically construct objective reality by interpreting frequencies that are ultimately projections from another dimension, a deeper order of existence that is beyond both space and time….”   Carl Jung expressed a similar concept when he said that the psyche and reality are not limited to space and time.

Yet, people generally resist anything that they can’t see for themselves.  Instead, they simply label things they can’t explain as “supernatural.”  This is particularly true of atheists as they reject anything that smacks of the supernatural (which they equate with an admission that God exists).

However living, in my opinion, does require a leap of faith. By leap of faith, I’m not talking here about religion. Rather, I’m talking about having an open mind with regards to the unseen forces of Nature that shape our world. Unfortunately, though, if you’re looking for hard and fast answers you can forget it.  There really aren’t any. The thing to remember, though, as Bernard Werber said is that, “The point is not to 
believe or not believe. 
What matters is to ask 
as many questions as possible.”

 

Epilogue

The human species has been taught to believe that it is a physical species. If so, then why do you not fall out of bed at night?  Yes, the physical body is asleep but something keeps you from falling out of bed when you roll over at night. Further, what part of your body makes you human?  If you lose a hand, arm or leg, do you stop being human? Of course not. Exactly what makes you human then?

So, why is man the only species that can ponder his own existence? The only one. What part of his physical body does man use to do that?  His mind? Well, you should know that scientists have been unable to locate the “mind” in our physical body.  However, they have determined that the “mind” makes decisions before you are even consciously aware of those decisions. So, where exactly do your beliefs come from?  Better yet, who are you?

 

The universe does not exist ‘out there,’ independent of us. We are inescapably involved in bringing about that which appears to be happening. We are not only observers. We are participators.”  – John Wheeler, physicist

At the core of all well-founded belief, lies belief that is unfounded.”

– Ludwig Wittgenstein

 

A certain holy book states that if you seek the truth, it will set you free. Why would a holy book that is “the truth”, according to some, tell you to go seek the truth? Perhaps, here’s why.

Our belief systems are what we believe to be the truth. That is, you believe you know, even when you don’t. Of course, belief systems change every generation or so. Therefore, what we believe is the truth is constantly changing. Even science has but one certainty – and that is that scientific theory is always changing. That’s why they refer to it as theory, as opposed to the term “scientific truth.”

Most of us are married to our beliefs, unable to see other perspectives. In fact, most people won’t even consider that they might be wrong. So, whether it’s politics, religion or simply where to get the best Polish sausage in Chicago, everyone has an opinion and they’re absolutely convinced that they are right. Just go ask Ashley Judd, for example. Stuart Chase put it this way, “For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don’t believe, no proof is possible.”

Strangely enough, though, our beliefs are based on what other people have told us and their beliefs are based on what other people have told them…and so on. We are always living someone else’s beliefs. For most, we believe in what we believe because we want to fit in (in our culture, that is). Our culture dictates our beliefs.

However, to truly believe means that you must decide for yourselves. Try this little experiment. Start with a clean sheet of paper. This represents your mind, with no beliefs whatsoever. Then write down what you believe in, but only those things that you can honestly tell yourself that you absolutely know are true. When you’re finished, how many beliefs have you written down?  It might surprise you to know that many of those beliefs are not true.

In the end, it’s not so much about what you believe in, but how it is that you have decided to believe. You have the power to choose. Life is always about choices. To truly choose, though, requires that you overcome fear – the fear of being rejected by others. That’s why so many people compromise and choose other people’s belief systems. They consider it “safer.” After all, why be an individual when you can be safe in the hive mind?

However, choices have consequences – frequently ones that are life-changing. If you live your life based on other peoples’ beliefs you will never become the person that you were meant to be. Rather, you’ll simply be a clone reiterating what you’ve been brainwashed to believe. As Kevin Michel said, “Every conscious thought you have, every moment you spend on an idea, is a commitment to be stuck with that idea and with aspects of that level of thinking, for the rest of your life.”

 

Epilogue

There are a few reasons why humans are unable to ascertain the truth. First of all, their physical senses are woefully limited; their most important sense, intuition, is rarely even used. Further, the virtual reality matrix that we exist in is designed in such a way as to obscure the truth. We have become a dumbed-down species which is often incapable of processing information, let alone determining if it is accurate or not. Accordingly, you need to consider if anything you have been taught to believe is really true.

 

 

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.” David Bohm

 

This is kind of an old topic, but it is one that seems to never die. That is, does God exist? The debate between deists and atheists typically is centered around the Christian god with atheists rejecting God simply because they reject Christianity.  To be fair, though, there are some 4,200 religions in the world and the Christian god, therefore, is just one of 4,200 gods .

So, I pose these questions: In order to be intellectually honest, do atheists need to reject all 4,200 gods before declaring themselves to be atheists? And exactly what makes Christians feel that their god, amongst all of the 4,200 gods, is the one and only?

While my interest in this debate wanes by the day, I feel that it’s still worth a mention. To begin with, religious beliefs are claims rather than the truth. Holy books, however, may be considered to be the truth by a believer, even if it’s based solely on their faith. On the other hand atheism, is a religion too.  Michael Ruse, an evolutionist himself, admitted that, “Evolution is promoted by its practitioners as more than mere science. Evolution is promulgated as an ideology, a secular religion-a full-fledged alternative to Christianity, with meaning and morality…Evolution is a religion. This was true of evolution in the beginning, and it is true of evolution still today.”

Scientists of all stripes have weighed in on this debate. Here’s a few thoughts from some of the great minds of science:

“I believe in Spinoza’s God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with the fates and actions of human beings.”

– Albert Einstein

Note: According to Wikipedia, Spinoza believed that “…everything is a derivative of God,  interconnected with all of existence.” Further, the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy states that Spinoza’s God is an “infinite intellect.”

 

“The universe does not exist ‘out there,’ independent of us. We are inescapably involved in bringing about that which appears to be happening. We are not only observers. We are participators.”

– John Wheeler, physicist

“The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.”

– Carl Sagan, astronomer

Note: Of course, Sagan was admitting that there is super- intelligence in the cosmos, an intelligence which can think, extrapolate… and “know itself”.

 

“Our brains mathematically construct objective reality by interpreting frequencies that are ultimately projections from another dimension, a deeper order of existence that is beyond both space and time….”

– Michael Talbot, The Holographic Universe

 

“Life is the most mysterious of all the wonders of creation because atoms have been assembled in such a way so that they can ponder their own existence.”

– Martin Rees, astrophysicist

 

“The secret of DNA’s success is that it carries information like that of a computer program, but far more advanced. Since experience shows that intelligence is the only presently acting cause of information, we can infer that intelligence is the best explanation for the information in DNA.”

Jonathan Wells, molecular biologist

 

“To me, it is clear that we exist in a plan which is governed by rules that were created, shaped by a universal intelligence and not by chance.”

– Michio Kaku, physicist

 

“Astronomy leads us to a unique event, a universe that was created out of nothing and delicately balanced to provide exactly the conditions required to support life. In the absence of an absurdly improbable accident, the observations of modern science seem to suggest an underlying, one might say, supernatural plan.”

– Arno Penzias, physicist

 

“It is easy to understand why many scientists like Sir Fred Hoyle changed their minds in the past thirty years. They now agree that the universe, as we know it, cannot reasonably be explained as a cosmic accident.”

– Frederic B. Burnham, historian of science

 

and philosophers:

 

“Beyond all finite experiences and secondary causes, all laws, ideas and principles, there is an Intelligence or Mind, the first principle of all principles, the Supreme Idea on which all other ideas are grounded.”

– Plato

 

and atheists:

 

“When it comes to the origin of life on this earth, there are only two possibilities: creation or spontaneous generation (evolution). There is no third way. Spontaneous generation was disproved 100 years ago, but that leads us only to one other conclusion: that of supernatural creation. We cannot accept that on philosophical grounds (personal reasons); therefore, we choose to believe the impossible: that life arose spontaneously by chance.”

– George Wald

“Super-intelligence is the only good explanation for the origin of life and the complexity of nature.”

– Antony Flew

 

These gentlemen hardly referred to God at all in explaining the origins of life. Therefore, I would suggest that the vast majority of concepts/perspectives about God (both pro and con) are incomplete, at best. Since the word God is generally associated with religion, I believe that it would be preferable to use the term “creator” instead.

 

Of course if there is a creator, he doesn’t have to be the god of any religion, now does he? So, if any of you are hung up over the illogic of religion, especially Christianity, it doesn’t necessarily mean that there is no God. It may simply mean that you have been looking for him in all the wrong places and calling him by the wrong name.

 

 

God is a metaphor for that which transcends all levels of intellectual thought.”

Joseph Campbell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Free Speech?

02/09/2017

“Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression of free speech and assembly… It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.” – Louis D. Brandeis

 

The University of California at Berkeley was once the scene of perhaps the greatest example of free speech in America. I should know; I was there for a time. Some of the free speech was pretty radical by anyone’s standards. However, all viewpoints were allowed. That’s the beauty of free speech. No one truly has free speech unless everyone has it.

The recent violence on the campus of UC Berkeley shows that some students there disagree with the concept of free speech. An example of their thinking was on display recently in the university’s student newspaper, The Daily Californian, a sample of which is as follows:

  • “To people with platforms who decide when a protest should and should not be violent: You speak from a place of immense privilege. As I recently wrote in a tirade against this brand of idiocy, asking people to maintain peaceful dialogue with those who legitimately do not think their lives matter is a violent act.”

Comment: We are a Republic, a nation of laws. Therefore, no individual gets to decide    what is a “violent act.”

  • “…with President Trump threatening to cut UC Berkeley’s federal funding if it does not allow all opinions to be shared… the president is threatening the freedom of speech of these protesters.

Comment: No one violated the protestors free speech. The problem is the violence, not the rhetoric. In reality, the opposite is true; that is, the protestors caused other peoples’ free speech to be violated. You may hate what someone has to say, but you have to allow him to have his say. Otherwise free speech is no longer free.

  • “…the hate speech that fails to respect the humanity of undocumented people.”

Comment: The lack of respect is actually on the part of the violent protestors. Certainly, if any of these were my kids, I’d wonder who brainwashed them into hating America.  As Dana Carvey once said, “I think free speech is probably the coolest thing we have in this country, and again, you can label it hate speech and dismiss it, and then you’re allowed to censor it.”

  • “When mass call-ins, faculty and student objections, letter-writing campaigns, numerous op-eds (including mine), union grievances and peaceful demonstrations don’t work, when the nonviolent tactics have been exhausted — what is left?…These were not acts of violence. They were acts of self defense.”

Comment: Of course, this form of “self-defense” violates the civil rights of others. Self-defense? No further comment is necessary.

  • “I urge you to consider whether damaging the windows of places like banks and the Amazon student store constitutes ‘violence.’”

Comment: Suggest that we ask the people who had property damaged whether or not it was violence.

 

Yes, we are a nation of laws. When we cease to respect those laws, we spiral down into anarchy. At some point, we actually cease becoming a nation. Instead, we are hostage to mob rule. Perhaps, that’s what was intended all along by the violent protests.

 

“Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as publick Liberty, without Freedom of Speech; which is the Right of every Man, as far as by it, he does not hurt or control the Right of another. And this is the only Check it ought to suffer, and the only bounds it ought to know. This sacred Privilege is to essential to free Governments… Whoever would overthrow the Liberty of a Nation, must begin by subduing the Fteeness [sic] of Speech….”

 – Cato’s letters